Beat­ing the win­ter train­ing blues

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The re­cent bad weather has sig­nalled that win­ter may fi­nally be here – but that needn’t be a rea­son for Ki­wis to be­come in­ac­tive!

Sure, it can be harder to pull on the train­ers and head out­side when the weather’s wet and chilly. But ACC Sport Pro­gramme Man­ager, Isaac Carl­son, may have the an­swers to stay­ing mo­ti­vated to keep ac­tive dur­ing the colder months – start­ing with a per­son­alised train­ing plan from ACC’s Ac­tiveS­mart web­site.

‘‘Whether you’re an ex­pe­ri­enced ath­lete or sim­ply look­ing to get off the couch and ease back into ex­er­cise, Ac­tiveS­mart can pro­vide you with a per­son­alised train­ing plan in the ac­tiv­ity of your choice – in­clud­ing walk­ing, run­ning, cycling, swim­ming and mul­tidis­ci­pline events,’’ said Mr Carl­son.

‘‘The site has a host of other fea­tures, too, in­clud­ing weather forecasts for your area, so you can plan your train­ing around what’s hap­pen­ing out­side. Plus there’s a train­ing jour­nal, to help keep you on-track and chart your progress, and there are warm-up and cooldown tips to help you ex­er­cise safely.’’

The train­ing plan is based on a com­pre­hen­sive on­line ques­tion­naire and takes into ac­count your cur­rent level of fit­ness, any health is­sues and fu­ture fit­ness goals.

What’s more, it’s been de­vel­oped by lead­ing fit­ness train­ers, so you’re get­ting pro­fes­sional ad­vice but at absolutely no charge.

The goal of Ac­tiveS­mart is to en­cour­age Ki­wis to get more ac­tive, but to do so in a safe man­ner that won’t lead to in­jury.

‘‘A mis­take peo­ple of­ten make is to jump back into phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity af­ter a long lay­off, with­out ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tion. That can re­sult in an early in­jury which ends up de­rail­ing your best in­ten­tions to get fit again,’’ he said.

The ad­vice pro­vided on Ac­tiveS­mart is de­signed to help pre­vent this sce­nario, so you can get the most out of your cho­sen pro­gramme of ac­tiv­ity.’’

So, hav­ing a train­ing plan is one thing – but what else can you do to en­sure you keep ac­tive when the weather out­side is not ex­actly trop­i­cal?

Mr Carl­son of­fers the fol­low­ing tips:

Con­sider the chang­ing sea­son and re­duced day­light hours. Ad­just train­ing times if pos­si­ble, eg go for a run at lunchtime rather than af­ter work, when it may be colder and darker. If you’re ex­er­cis­ing in the evenings, try to stick to well-lit ar­eas.

Now’s a great time to freshen up the win­ter wardrobe with a new train­ing kit – it will pro­vide ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to get out and hit the pave­ments. Buy ex­er­cise cloth­ing suit­able for colder weather, eg wear tights rather than bare legs. There’s lots of vi­brant train­ing gear avail­able now, this can help brighten up those win­ter months and keep you vis­i­ble when ex­er­cis­ing out­doors at night.

Team up with a train­ing part­ner, to help mo­ti­vate you to get out there on those ex­tra-cold days. Find a friend with sim­i­lar ex­er­cise goals, who will make the win­ter com­mit­ment with you.

If there are days when the win­ter weather is too much to tackle, re­mem­ber a good gym has all the in­door fa­cil­i­ties you need.

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